REMOVE THE GARMENT OF DESOLATION
Scripture Reading: Ruth 3:1-5
THEREFORE WASH YOURSELF AND ANOINT YOURSELF, PUT ON YOUR BEST GARMENT AND GO DOWN TO THE THRESHING FLOOR; BUT DO NOT MAKE YOURSELF KNOWN TO THE MAN UNTIL HE HAS FINISHED EATING AND DRINKING. – RUTH 3:3
We studied about Bartimaeus yesterday and established that your garment reveals your identify and status in life.
We also found that some garments reflect your limitations or challenges. We concluded that such garments should be removed as a prerequisite for moving to your next level in life.
Today, we reaffirm this point by looking at Ruth. While Bartimaeus wore a garment of dependency as a beggar, Ruth wore a garment of desolation as a widow.
Life had dealt Ruth a terrible blow. How else would you describe a woman who had lost her husband, brother-in-law and father-in-law to a famine and ended up in a strange land?
Ruth had given her loyalty to her mother-in-law Naomi who had herself given up on life. Theirs was a bitter and lifeless existence.
People in the community may even have referred to Ruth as a “bad-luck woman, one that no one should consider marrying. That was a garment of desolation, fruitlessness and emptiness.
In the midst of her pain, shame and deprivation, God showed her favour and Boaz sighted and blessed her. Naomi saw the sign and counseled her to replace her old garment in preparation for a new level.
Boaz ended up marrying her and out of Ruth’s new story, David and later Jesus were born. Like Ruth, your zest for lite may have been cut off because of a painful past experience, betrayal or disappointment.
God will send someone you don’t know, a Boaz, to recognise your potential and usher you to the next level. Throw off every garment of desolation and rejection.
LORD, I THROW AWAY ANY GARMENT OF DESOLATION AND EMPTINESS.
Source: Dr. Mensa Otabil.